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Things to do in the New Forest

The New Forest is a wonderful place for quiet enjoyment and peaceful relaxation.

Children splashing puddles in their wellies There is so much you can do from picnics or barbecues in purpose built areas to a gentle stroll or a jog along the many forest tracks, or perhaps you'd enjoy some bird or deer watching. Here at the New Forest, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you are interested in activities such as cycling, walking and horse riding, visiting the local villages, finding a quiet spot to sit and watch the world go by or exploring the local area.  These pages will guide you thorough some of the things which you can do in the New Forest. 

Please note that small kites under 2m² may be flown on the forest but please be considerate to other visitors and forest wildlife. Kites can frighten animals so keep well away from livestock and horse riders. Power and traction kites over 2m², kite buggies and wheel boards are not permitted on the forest. The South East Kiting Association have more information available on their website.

If you are a visitor to the New forest or a local resident the New Forest Official Tourism website is worth a visit.  This site has information on accommodation, public houses, local shops and things to see and do.

Last updated: 26th May 2016

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.